Greater Morristown weekend preview: Alfresco, Shakespeare and Fabian

38 Special comes to MPAC on Aug. 2.
38 Special comes to MPAC on Aug. 2.
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Sounds like an eclectic law firm. Or maybe a Vegas act.

But it’s just another action-packed weekend in Greater Morristown. You can enjoy Alfresco and Shakespeare in the garden. Well, not the same garden. But the same afternoon.

Frankie and Fabian bring six decades of show biz shine to the Mayo Performing Arts Center. You can re-live the Trial of the (18th) Century, get your kicks with some derby divas, and fight hunger while rocking and rolling.

If all that’s not enough, check our handy calendar for more great options!

 


THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2012:

38 Special comes to MPAC on Aug. 2.
38 Special comes to MPAC on Aug. 2.

Eat healthy: The Grow It Green Morristown Farm Stand is open from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Urban Farm at Lafayette, at 31 Hazel St. in Morristown.

The band 38 Special brings its classic hits “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ Into the Night,” “Caught Up in You” and more to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets are $39-$69. Call  973-539-8008 for details. MPAC is at 100 South St.


FRIDAY, AUG. 3:

The Minstrel celebrates its 37th birthday with member musicians at 8 pm at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road. Dozens of musicians break into duos and trios to perform one song each for the show, and you never know what the randomly chosen groups will come up with next! Admission is $8, and includes birthday cake and light refreshments. Stay late for more snacks and bring your instrument to the Terrace Room after the show. For more info call 973-335-9489.

The Golden Boys–1950s hearthrobs Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell–bring their South Philly sound to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets are $67-$97. Call 973-539-8008 for more.

Universal Rebel  brings its infectious brand of feel-good hip hop to Morristown’s Dublin Pub at 9 pm, at 4 Pine St.


SATURDAY, AUG. 4:

The Grow It Green Morristown Farm Stand is open from 9 am to 2 pm at the Urban Farm at Lafayette, at 31 Hazel St. in Morristown. Fresh produce, from the GIG garden to your table!

judge mackenzie and leblanc bust
Retired Judge Kenneth MacKenzie with bust of Antoine LeBlanc, a notorious 19th-century killer in Morristown. Judge MacKenzie explores this bizarre case in a walking tour Saturday. Photo courtesy of the Morris County Tourism Bureau.

It was the Trial of the Century–the 19th century. They knew how to do gruesome back then. Antoine LeBlanc bludgeoned Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Sayre and killed their servant Phoebe in 1833…was convicted in the Morristown Courthouse, hanged on the Green, subjected to Frankenstein-type experiments after his execution, and turned into wallets. Retired Superior Court Judge Kenneth MacKenzie will discuss the trial in the courtroom where it happened, starting at 10 am. The 90-minute talk is part of the Morris County Tourism Bureau’s summer walking tour series. Cost: $12. Call (973) 631-5151 to reserve your spot.

Jerzey Derby Brigade logoEveryone’s favorite roller derby team, the Jerzey Derby Brigade, is hosting its third annual Kickball Tournament and Barbecue from 11 am to 6 pm at Sunrise Lake, Lewis Morris Park, in Morris Township. Spots for up to 16 teams; winning team gets trophies. Email: info@jerzeyderby.com for more details.

From noon to 7 pm, it’s Family Fun Day at Morristown’s Abbett Avenue Playground. Food, fun and games–for free! Call (973) 267-0136 for more info.

 


SUNDAY, AUG. 5:

The Morristown Farmers Market offers fresh produce from 15 vendors between 8:30 am to 2 pm, in parking lot 10 (behind the post office, and between Morris Street and Dumont Place). Now in its 22nd season, the Farmers Market is run by the Morristown Partnership and extends every Sunday through Nov. 18, rain or shine.

food drive posterThe College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving company is asking Greater Morristown residents to do some hauling of their own — of canned goods, to the Morristown Green during the company’s free summer concert and food drive, Move for Hunger, from 3 pm to 6 pm. College Hunks Moving has teamed with the Interfaith Food Pantry and the concert’s namesake, Move for Hunger, a nonprofit that collects unwanted, nonperishable foods left behind by families who are moving. They will bring in the Adam Ezra Band, Chocolate Bread, and Folkadelic for a free concert to raise donations for the hungry in New Jersey. Multiple collection bins will be set up for nonperishable food donations. All donations will go directly to the Interfaith Food Pantry serving Morris County.

Shakespeare returns to the garden of Macculloch Hall on Aug. 5. Photo: Stan Freeney
Shakespeare returns to the garden of Macculloch Hall on Aug. 5. Photo: Stan Freeney

The Macculloch Hall Historical Museum brings Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale back to its garden at 4 pm. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and watch the young performers of The Next Stage Ensemble from The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey breathe new life into this tale of jealousy, pride, redemption, and hope. Tickets go on sale at 1 pm, and attendees are invited to take a tour of the grounds and galleries before the play. The last tour leaves at 3 pm and the galleries will stay open until 4 pm. Adults $8, Seniors and Students $6, Children 6-12 $4; member and children under 5 are free.

Grow It Green Morristown alfresco in the garden 2012

Alfresco in the Garden makes its annual return at 5 pm, at the Urban Farm at Lafayette, 31 Hazel St. in Morristown. It’s a fundraiser for Grow It Green Morristown, the nonprofit that brought community gardening to town.  Pizza will be served from a 1949 “pizza truck,” there will be live music and lots of great neighbors. Tickets are $75 per person or $120 per couple, advance purchase only. Call Maureen at 973-714-3150 or see the Grow It Green website for more details.

Although the Zebu Forno café has closed, the Sunday night Open Drawing Sessions live on. Bring your pad and pencil to ArtSpace, at 14 Elm St. in Morristown, from 6 to 9 pm.  You still get live models and pizza for $10, though it’s now BYOB! Call 770-853-9727 for more details.

 Katrina Langer contributed to this article.

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